This species is currently only known from the type locality: Santa Bárbara, at 3,300 m asl, District of Huancabamba, Province of Oxapampa, Pasco region, Peru (Duellman and Chaparro 2008).
Habitat and Ecology
This species is only known from the upper limits of the elfin forest or “ceja de montaña” (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). The holotype was found perched on a leaf ca 60 cm above the ground at night in the dry season (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). It is presumed to breed by direct development.
This species is currently known only from the holotype, which was collected in 2008 (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). In 2007 and 2008, surveys were conducted using 1 km transects between 3,000–3,613 m asl, with a search effort of eight days per year by two researchers (J.C. Chaparro pers. comm. March 2018). An additional specimen of this species reported in the previous assessment was in error and may have been confused with Pristimantis lucasi (J.C. Chaparro pers. comm. March 2018).
There is no information on major threats to this species.
This species occurs in Yanachaga Chemillén National Park (J.C. Chaparro pers. comm. June 2009).
More research on its population status, distribution, habitat requirements and threats is needed.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, population status, ecological requirements, and threats.
Tentatively placed in the Pristimantis unistrigatus group according to the original description (Duellman and Chaparro 2008).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Pristimantis spectabilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T164792A89222484. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T164792A89222484.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019